• Neurodivergent and under duress: an Autistic experience of medical consent

    Neurodivergent and under duress: an Autistic experience of medical consent

    In this important personal account, Autistic cancer survivor Brenton Gray, highlights the problem of medical consent obtained in a healthcare system built by neurotypicals, for neurotypicals. “The fawn response is heavily programmed into a lot of Autistic people from a very early age,” he writes. “I never formed emotional boundaries, so much as a picket fence made of toothpicks. I’ve become a people-pleaser; learnt to say, “Yes” when instead I mean, “Whatever you want to hear. Now piss off!”.

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  • The unbearable heartache of Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

    The unbearable heartache of Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

    Content warning: suicide ideation. In this painfully raw and heartfelt blog, Autistic advocate, Chantell Marshall (aka Shy Little Pixie) gives a rare and illuminating account of what it is like to live with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and the revelation that has helped her quieten her self-sabotaging inner critic.

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  • What makes Autistic women thrive in their career? Not quite fitting in.

    What makes Autistic women thrive in their career? Not quite fitting in.

    In this guest blog by Autistic researcher, Annette Eriksen, she shares with us her experience growing up and entering the workforce, and tackles the greater question of what makes Autistic women, not just survive, but thrive in their career.

    She writes of her hopes for her research to pave the way for more Autistic women to be able to work in a way that makes them, “thrive, contribute, and feel supported and able to be open about their Autism without fear of losing family, friends and work opportunities.”

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  • Neuroinclusive Christmas Planner for Kids

    Neuroinclusive Christmas Planner for Kids

    Christmas is almost upon us, and if your Autistic child is anything like the RA team’s Autistic kiddos, they may be starting to get a bit anxious.

    There is the looming knowledge of surprise gifts, strange foods, unsolicited hugs and kisses and – on top of this – a bearded old stranger promising to break into their house and leave a sack full of the unknown. It is little wonder they can struggle at this time!

    So, in order to make this a really happy Christmas for everyone, our team have created a fun downloadable activity sheet for you to do with your child so, together, you can establish some certainties and give them a Christmas they can count on.

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